Come join Colby Brown on this Norway Photo Workshop Adventure that you will never forget! We will explore one of the most amazing winter photography locations on the planet, Norway’s own Lofoten Islands. Located above the arctic circle, these islands are home to some of the most spectacular seascapes in Europe. Additionally, because of its latitude, you have a greater chance to see the Northern Lights here than most places on the planet. During our 7 day adventure, we will split our focus between the famous town of Reine and the mountainous beaches of Leknes. This will put your right at the heart of some of the most incredible photographic location in the world!
Trip Dates: February 18th – 25th, 2023 Group Size: 10 Difficulty Level: Easy/Moderate
Our photo adventure in the Lofoten Islands will base just outside the town of Leknes for the duration of our workshop. There are multiple daily flights from Oslo to the Leknes Airport (LKN), giving you plenty of options to choose from when it comes to getting to this incredible part of the world. We will be staying in a series of fully renovated Rorbuer cabins that come equipped with not only private bathrooms in each room (with heated floors), but a living room area and full kitchen. It is here that we will make our own meals each night, allowing all participants to not only choose what they wish to eat, but save a little money in the process (eating out in Norway is VERY expensive).
Chasing the northern lights at night
Exploring a series of incredible fjords, beaches, inlets, lakes and mountain scenes
We will spend time photographing a number of the gorgeous red and yellow cabins that line the fjords
The Lofoten Islands are a photographers paradise
One of my favorite places to photograph in the winter.
My friend Mark Potter, finally got his book published! It’s a beautiful heart felt story to read and the photos are just beautiful!
The following text is from Amazon along with the link to order:
Sunrise: A Photographic Journey of Comfort, Healing, and Inspiration Hardcover Author: Mark Potter, 208 pages
“The heartrending story behind Mark Potter’s marvelous photographs gives them a healing and hope-filled force. This book is more than a memorial to his remarkable wife; it lights a path forward for everyone who has experienced the darkest weight of grief and it reminds us to cherish every sunrise.” ––Carl Hiaasen
“With a moonless sky this early morning, it is eerily dark out here, and I can feel the weight of the hot and humid South Florida air. As I head toward the sound of the rolling ocean surf ahead of me, the soft beach sand shifts beneath my feet, making it hard for me to walk while balancing my two cameras and a heavy tripod. Even though I go out like this virtually every morning, it never gets old, and once again I am starting to get excited. I can even feel my breathing increase as I approach the shoreline. These are all welcome signs that I’m fully alive right now and am engaged in what I call “magic time.” It’s that ungodly hour of the day when most normal people are still safely at home, asleep in their comfortable beds––blissfully unaware that they are on the verge of missing out on one of the best lightshows on all of planet earth: The tropical sunrise!” ––Mark Potter
It is the unvarnished truth that all of Mark Potter’s bright and colorful sunrise photographs began from tragedy and grief, and were taken in memory of his wife who died from cancer. But as miracles sometimes have it, the images turned out to be the exact opposite of the way they began. They are upbeat and exciting, but also comforting and calming while capturing the natural world of Florida as it awakens to each new day with not only sunrises, but also seascapes, wildlife, marine life, flora, and fauna.
About the Author Mark Potter is a 41-year veteran of television news and was an on-air correspondent for ABC News, CNN and NBC News. During his career, he traveled extensively and won national awards for his investigative reporting of narcotics trafficking, migrant smuggling and civil rights. Potter now devotes his retirement to photographing the Florida outdoors, turning his cameras toward beautiful sunrises, landscapes, wildlife and sunsets. He is a longtime resident of South Florida.
We were fortunate to meet theowner, Chef Ji.Kub Kao is a modern Thai restaurant. They keep things simple, placing importance on authentic techniques, quality ingredients, and so much flavor. Their recipes are a living history, passed down to Chef Ji by his late grandmother, a feast of spices. With over fifteen years of experience in Thai and Sushi cuisine, Chef Ji recreates his childhood classics for you. From Tom Yum Goong to Gaeng Daeng, he hopes that Kub Kao can be a comfort to all, an authentic Thai food experience: no fuss or frills, simply delicious dishes for young and old to enjoy.
Our photo adventure takes place in the Lofoten Islands – a beautiful archipelago
There are multiple daily flights from Oslo to the Leknes Airport (LKN).
We will be staying in a series of fully renovated Rorbuer cabins that come equipped with not only private bathrooms in each room (with heated floors) and a living room area and full kitchen – we will make our own meals each night.
Colby Brown is a photographer, photo educator and author based out of Eastern Pennsylvania. Specializing in landscape, travel workshops and humanitarian photography, his photographic portfolio spans the four corners of the globe. Throughout his work, one can see that he combines his love of the natural world with his fascination of the world’s diverse cultures. Each of his photographs tells a story of life on this planet.
Come join Colby Brown on this incredible Patagonia photography workshop adventuredown in this wild and beautiful region of South America. Set in the heart of the Andean mountain range in southern Chile & Argentina during fall colors, you will get to experience first hand the geologic wonder of both Torres del Paine National Park and Los Glaciares National Park.
It is here you will photograph incredible locations such as:
Lago Pahoe at the base of the Cuernos del Paine
The dream-like reflections of Laguna Amarga
The calving ice of the Perito Moreno Glacier
The spires of Cerro Torre
The crown of Argentina, Mt. Fitz Roy
Plus more places to visit
Trip Dates: (Group 1) March 29th – April 7th, 2023 (Group 2) April 12th – 21st, 2023
Tuition Costs: $5450
Group Size: 10
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate Hiking
This is the bucket list of all bucket list locations for landscape and outdoor adventure photographers.
CS/SB 2-D — Property Insurance by Appropriations Committee and Senator Boyd
The Reinsurance to Assist Policyholders program authorizes a $2 billion dollar reimbursement layer of reinsurance for hurricane losses directly below the mandatory layer of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (FHCF). The FHCF mandatory retention is $8.5 billion for the 2022-2023 contract year.
Effective July 1, 2022, the bill appropriates $150 million from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of Financial Services’ My Safe Florida Home Program to provide :
hurricane mitigation inspections
matching grants for the performance of hurricane retrofitting on homestead single family homes with a value of $500,000 or less located in the wind-borne debris region set forth in the Florida Building Code.
The My Safe Florida Home Program, which is administered by the Department of Financial Services, will provide financial incentives for Florida residential property owners to obtain free home inspections that would identify mitigation measures and also provide grants to retrofit such properties, thereby reducing their vulnerability to hurricane damage and helping decrease the cost of residential property insurance.
The bill revises the eligibility criteria for receiving program grants. It:
Requires that a homeowner who receives a mitigation grant agree to make his or her home available for inspection after the mitigation project is completed.
Requires that a building permit for initial construction of the home must have been made before January 1, 2008.
Requires the home to have undergone an acceptable hurricane mitigation inspection after July 1, 2008.
Grants awarded under the program provide $2 in grant funds for every $1 provided by the homeowner.
Exceptions are provided for low-income homeowners.
Applicants may receive up to $10,000 in program money.
The Department of Financial Services must include in the annual report of program activities the average annual amount of insurance premium discounts and the total of such discounts received from insurers.
The bill allocates appropriated funds as follows:
$25 million for hurricane mitigation inspections.
$115 million for hurricane mitigation grants.
$4 million for education and consumer awareness.
$1 million for public outreach to contractors, real estate brokers, and sales associates.